Goat riding shotgun in suspected drunk driver's car doing well at Riverside County animal shelter
A goat confiscated from a suspected drunk driver near Hemet is unharmed and could be adopted out if its owner does not step forward, authorities said Friday.
The goat was discovered riding shotgun in a car stopped Tuesday night by a California Highway Patrol officer. While the driver remained inside the car, his passenger in the back seat leapt out and tried to run away but fell down.
Authorities suspected the goat was stolen after the driver and passenger denied ownership.
“It just sounds like they were on a drunken joyride, and the goat became their new buddy along the way,” said John Welsh, spokesman for the Riverside County Animal Services Department.
The goat was brought to the new Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter, where it was keeping company with a deer and several horses while waiting for its owner. Welsh said the animal shelters normally deal with cats and dogs, but more exotic creatures such as ferrets, tortoises and peacocks are not unheard of.
Sometimes, Welsh said, people like to adopt a sweet-natured goat to keep their horses company.
-- Shan Li